Alumnus to conduct residency, perform in recital

Monday March 4, 2019Roger Coda
bassoonist Alexander Davis
Bassoonist Alexander Davis

Alexander Davis, a New York City-based freelance bassoonist and Fredonia graduate, will return to his alma mater for a three-day residency. A guest artist recital with School of Music faculty and members of the Fredonia Bassoon Studio will highlight the March 19-21 event.

Joining Mr. Davis at the recital in Rosch Recital Hall on Thursday, March 21, at 8 p.m., will be faculty members Laura Koepke (bassoon), Fr. Sean Duggan (harpsichord) and I-Fei Chen (piano).

The residency will begin on Tuesday, March 19, with a master class led by Davis from 7 to 9 p.m. in Mason Hall Room 1080. He will share his experiences as a professional chamber and orchestral musician at an informal question/answer session on Wednesday, March 20, from 8 to 9:30 p.m., also in Mason Hall Room 1080.

All residency events are free and open to the public.

Davis has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (New York City), Princeton Symphony (New Jersey), Erie (Pa.) Philharmonic Orchestra and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. Ensembles that he has played with include CityMusic Cleveland, Symphony in C, New York Symphonic Ensemble, The Songwriter’s Orchestra and Rob Kapilow’s “What Makes It Great” classical music series.

Influential artists that Davis has performed with include Carol Wincenc, Frank Morelli, Stephen Taylor, William Purvis, WindScape and the Imani Winds. He has also played in summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Banff Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, American Wind Symphony Orchestra and Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival.

A teaching artist at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, Davis received a Mus.B. in Music Education and Music Performance at Fredonia in 2013, a M.A. in Music Performance at Stony Brook University and a Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. He is pursuing a D.M.A., also in Music Performance at Stony Brook.

Davis has studied under renowned bassoonists Abraham Weis, Frank Morelli, Michael Ma, Bob Williams and Ms. Koepke.

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